Ana-ta-han (Anatahan)
Ana-ta-han (Anatahan) (1954)

Inspired by an actual event during WWII, Josef von Sternberg's Anatahan, tells the story of a dozen Japanese sailors who are stranded on the remote island of Anatahan during the waning days of the war. The war ends, unbeknownst to the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 17, 1954
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Kenji Fujishima
Village Voice

What a strange and still-radical swan song it remains.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

... the most stylized of Sternberg's films, a languid portrait of lust, power, anger, violence, regret, and loneliness shot at an emotional remove, staged at arm's length and observed with a dispassionate eye.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a corker.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Sternberg slashes the screen with Expressionist tangles of foliage and menacing shadows of rough-hewn latticework.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Anatahan is as completely regimented and rigorous as any movie ever made, with just about every aspect of it under Sternberg's control. And yet it's a movie about losing control, about yielding to animal instincts.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Josef von Sternberg's final film, an uneven but compelling drama produced in Japan.

Christopher Machell

Josef von Sternberg's 1953 tale of shipwrecked Japanese soldiers is one of desperation, base desire and the instability of moral codes.

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Carson Lund
Slant Magazine

Joseph von Sternberg goes out of his way to neutralize the sensationalism of his ripped-from-the-headlines premise.

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